Birth Book Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth

ISBN-10: 0316779075

ISBN-13: 9780316779074

Edition: 1994 (Reprint)

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Description: Since women enjoy more birthing options today than ever before, the path toward a safe and satisfying birth can be fraught with important decisions. Planning, understanding the resources available to you, and developing own birthing philosophy can make all the difference.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 2/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Martha Sears, R.N., is a registered nurse, childbirth educator, & breastfeeding consultant. She & her husband, William Sears, M.D., are the parents of eight children.

A Word from Dr. Bill and Martha
Preparing for Birth
Our Birth Experiences--What We Have Learned
Our Eight Births: Martha's Story
Ten Tips for a Safe and Satisfying Birth
Birth--Then and Now
Birth Before 1900: Home, Sweet Home
Birthing Practices 1900-1950: Birth the American Way
Birthing Practices 1950-1990: Women on Top
The 1990s and Beyond: What's Ahead
What You Can Do
Choices in Childbirth
Working Out a Birthing Philosophy
Choosing Your Birth Team
Choosing a Birth Place
Choosing a Childbirth Class
Getting Your Body Ready for Birth
Assuming the Right Pregnancy Posture
Good Body Mechanics
Best Birth Exercises
Eating Right--For Two
Tests, Technology, and Other Interventions That Happen on the Way to Birth
Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM)
Ultrasound
Pitocin (Oxytocin)
Active Management of Labor (AML)
Episiotomy
Screening Tests for Birth Defects
Cesarean Births
Why So Many Cesareans?
What Happens in a Surgical Birth?
When Cesareans Are Necessary
Ten Ways to Avoid a Cesarean
Must Breech Babies Be Delivered Surgically?
VBAC--Yes, You Can! (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
Why the Worry?
What Are Your Chances?
Different Births--Different Feelings
Easing Pain in Labor--What You Can Do
Why Birth Hurts--Why It Doesn't Have To
Why Birth Can Hurt
Understanding Pain Management
Fear--Labor's Foe
Strategies for a More Comfortable Labor
Relaxing for Birth
How Relaxation Helps Your Labor
Releasing Exercises
Using Your Imagination
A Potpourri of Relaxation and Comfort Tips
Water for Birth
Touches for Birth
Breathing for Birth
Easing Birth Pains--How the Doctor Can Help
The Trade-off
Narcotic Pain Relievers
Epidural Anesthesia
Questions You May Have About Epidurals
Experiencing Birth
Best Birthing Positions
Why Birthing Positions Make a Difference
Finding Your Best Birthing Position
Labor and Delivery
Prelabor Signs
If Your Labor Drags
If Your Labor Stalls
What to Do When Your Water Breaks
What to Do When You're Overdue
Labor Begins
The Second Stage of Labor
The Third Stage of Labor
Composing Your Birth Plan
Why Make a Plan?
A Sample Birth Plan
Sample Birth Plan in Case a Cesarean Becomes Necessary
Birth Stories
Queen for a Month
References and Additional Reading
Index
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